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Dario de Biase, Michela Visani, Giorgia Acquaviva, Adele Fornelli, Michele Masetti, Carlo Fabbri, Annalisa Pession, Giovanni Tallini
CONTEXT: - Integration of the analysis of genetic markers with endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration and cytologic evaluation has increased the accuracy of the preoperative diagnosis of pancreatic lesions. The application of high-throughput gene panel analysis using next-generation sequencing platforms is now offering a great opportunity for further improvements. OBJECTIVE: - To review the application of next-generation sequencing to the preoperative diagnosis of pancreatic lesions...
April 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cristina Teixidó, Ana Giménez-Capitán, Miguel Ángel Molina-Vila, Vicente Peg, Niki Karachaliou, Alejandra Rodríguez-Capote, Josep Castellví, Rafael Rosell
CONTEXT: - Technologic advances have contributed to the increasing relevance of RNA analysis in clinical oncology practice. The different genetic aberrations that can be screened with RNA include gene fusions and splice variants. Validated methods of identifying these alterations include fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, and next-generation sequencing, which can provide physicians valuable information on disease and treatment of cancer patients...
April 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Irene Ródenas Esteve, Carmina Wanden-Berghe, Javier Sanz-Valero
OBJECTIVE: To review the available scientific literature about the effects of nutritional status on the multiple sclerosis disease. METHODS: A systematic review of the scientific literature in the Medline (PubMed), Scopus, Cochrane Library and Web of Science databases through November 2016. Search equation: ("Multiple Sclerosis"[Mesh] OR "Multiple Sclerosis"[Title/Abstract] OR "Disseminated Sclerosis"[Title/Abstract] OR "Multiple Sclerosis Acute Fulminating"[Title/Abstract]) AND ("Nutritional Status"[Mesh] OR "Nutritional Status"[Title/Abstract] OR "Nutrition Status"[Title/Abstract])...
January 19, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ana Paula Trussardi Fayh, Agnes Denise de Lima Bezerra, Rogerio Friedman
INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition in children with cancer is a significant risk factor for negative outcomes, but in the clinical practice setting, it is difficult to pinpoint which factors operate to cause substantial weight loss and malnutrition in a given patient. Appetite-related hormones like ghrelin and leptin are among possible mediators. However, only few studies have examined the role of these hormones in pediatric patients with cancer to date. Thus, the purpose of this study was to systematically review possible changes in the levels of appetite hormones, specially leptin and ghrelin, in pediatric patients with cancer...
January 19, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ingridi Souza Sene, Vladimir Costa Silva, Gisele Elias Nunes Pauli, Ivan Helmuth Bechtold, Livio Cesar Cunha Nunes, Carla Eiras, Carlos Henrique Nery Costa
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays a crucial role not only in the immune system, but also in numerous biological processes. Elevated IL-6 levels have been observed in many types of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Among the techniques that have been used to quantify IL-6, a Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) is one of the most promising. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to perform a technological and scientific exploration of the development of a LFA for IL-6...
March 20, 2018: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
Rui Zhang, Ling Chen, Ya Deng Cui, Ge Li
In China, migrants with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have become a serious problem in the field of AIDS prevention. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of interventions for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection prevention for migrants in China and to identify factors associated with intervention efficacy. A computerized literature search of the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan Fang, and PubMed databases was conducted to collect related articles published in China. Only self-control intervention studies or studies containing sections regarding self-control interventions wherein the method of intervention was health education were included...
December 2018: SAHARA J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance
Jia Zhu, Xingshun Qi, Haonan Yu, Chunping Su, Xiaozhong Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Endoscopic therapy is the cornerstone choice for the management of varices and variceal hemorrhage. The aim of the present systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of acid suppression in patients treated with endoscopic therapy for gastroesophageal varices. METHODS: All eligible studies were searched via the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases. Incidence of bleeding, mortality, ulcers, chest pain, and dysphagia after endoscopic therapy and length of stay were analyzed...
March 22, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Ana Cristina Corrêa Figueira, António Cortinhas, Jorge Pinto Soares, José Carlos Leitão, Rita Pinho Ferreira, Jose Alberto Duarte
The use of preclinical models to investigate antitumor effects of exercise on breast tumor (BT) development and progression are critical. However, published results have not been quantitatively summarized or examined for potential exercise-moderating variables. We conducted this review to summarize and quantify the effect-size of exercise on BT outcomes in preclinical studies. A literature search was performed in MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science and System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe (SIGLE) databases...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Rashmi Goyat, Pragya Rai, Jongwha Chang, Charles D Ponte, Xi Tan
BACKGROUND: Both diabetes and antidiabetic drugs (ADDs) increase the risk for cardiovascular (CV) diseases. Due to the increasing concern about CV safety associated with ADDs, the US FDA revised regulatory guidelines in 2008 to include CV safety as an endpoint. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the current study was to conduct a systematic review with meta-analysis to compare CV mortality of oral ADDs approved before and after the FDA's 2008 guidance. METHODS: Three electronic databases (PubMed, Scopus, and the Clinical Trial Registry) were searched to retrieve studies published up to 24 February 2017...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
Beverley Kok, Erica L W Lester, William M Lee, A James Hanje, R Todd Stravitz, Safwat Girgis, Vaishali Patel, Joshua R Peck, Christopher Esber, Constantine J Karvellas
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor-α antagonists (anti-TNF-α) have been associated with drug-induced liver injury. However, cases of anti-TNF-α-associated acute liver failure have only been rarely reported. AIMS: To identify cases of anti-TNF-α-associated acute liver failure and evaluate patterns of liver injury and common characteristics to the cases. METHODS: The United States Acute Liver Failure Study Group database was searched from 1998 to 2014...
March 21, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Kyria Jayanne Clímaco Cruz, Ana Raquel Soares de Oliveira, Jennifer Beatriz Silva Morais, Juliana Soares Severo, Priscyla Maria Vieira Mendes, Stéfany Rodrigues de Sousa Melo, Gustavo Santos de Sousa, Dilina do Nascimento Marreiro
Studies have shown the participation of minerals in mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance. Zinc, in particular, seems to play an important role in the secretion and action of this hormone. Therefore, the aim of this review is to understand the role of zinc in increasing insulin sensitivity. We conducted a search of articles published in the PubMed and ScienceDirect database selected from March 2016 to February 2018, using the keywords "zinc," "insulin," "insulin resistance," "insulin sensitivity," and "supplementation...
March 21, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Jobbe P L Leenen, Judith E K R Hentzen, Henrietta D L Ockhuijsen
It has been a standard practice to perform mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) prior to colorectal surgery to reduce the risk of colorectal anastomotic leakages (CAL). The latest Cochrane systematic review suggests there is no benefit for MBP in terms of decreasing CAL, but new studies have been published. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to update current evidence for the effectiveness of preoperative MBP on CAL in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Consequently, PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, CENTRAL and CINAHL were searched from 2010 to March 2017 for randomised controlled trials (RCT) that compared the effects of MBP in colorectal surgery on anastomotic leakages...
March 21, 2018: Updates in Surgery
Shangjin Song, Jiahui Yu, Yi Ruan, Xuan Liu, Lijuan Xiu, Xiaoqiang Yue
PURPOSE: This meta-analysis investigated the effectiveness of Tai Chi on cancer-related fatigue (CRF). METHODS: Nine databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Ovid, the Cochrane Library, Embase, and four Chinese databases) were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effects of Tai Chi on CRF. The reference lists given in the identified RCTs were also reviewed to identify potentially relevant studies. RESULTS: Six RCTs involving 373 patients were included...
March 21, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Jayson Lian, Nicole Levine, Woojin Cho
PURPOSE: To review the current literature on methods of accurate numeration of vertebral segments in patients with Lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTVs). LSTVs are a common congenital anomaly of the L5-S1 junction. While their clinical significance has been debated, unquestionable is the need for their identification prior to spinal surgery. We hypothesize that there are no reliable landmarks by which we can accurately number transitional vertebrae, and thus a full spinal radiograph is required...
March 21, 2018: European Spine Journal
Zijian Xiao, Ming Xie, Yong You, Heng Wu, Guijuan Zhou, Mingyong Li
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a frequent comorbidity in patients with wake-up stroke (WUS). It affects the occurrence of this disease through its interference of breathing changes and sleep quality. We aim to assess the performances of sleep-disordered breathing in WUS. A systematical search for the studies that investigated sleep-disordered breathing in WUS was done in PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library. Data were extracted by two independent investigators, and then analyzed using the Revman 5...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Junhong Li, Ruofei Liang, Chen Song, Yufan Xiang, Yanhui Liu
Growing evidence from recent studies have revealed that long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) might be a useful prognostic biomarker for glioma; we therefore conducted the current meta-analysis to evaluate prognostic and clinicopathological predictive value of lncRNA expression for glioma patients. Eligible studies were identified through multiple research strategies in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library up to May 2017. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were utilized to calculate patient's survival...
March 21, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
Marie-Isabel Murray, Ahran Arnold, Murad Younis, Swaroop Varghese, Andreas Michael Zeiher
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety outcomes of the treatment with cryoballoon (CB) compared to the treatment with traditional irrigated radiofrequency ablation (RF) for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) and refractory to antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD). DESIGN: We conducted a systemic review to find and include more than two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with at least 20 patients in each of the CB and RF groups...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Qun Huang, Han Yang, Qiuning Lin, Ming Hu, Yuanbiao Meng, Xiao Qin
BACKGROUND: No consensus exists on the effect of statin therapy on survival after abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. The objective of this review was to systematically review the literature to investigate whether statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes after AAA repair. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library to find relevant randomized controlled trials and cohort studies. Outcomes of interest included long-term mortality and short-term mortality and perioperative cardiac complications...
March 21, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Edward J Nevins, Parisa L Moori, Jonathan Smith-Williams, Nicholas T E Bird, John V Taylor, Nikhil Misra
PURPOSE: The indications for pre-hospital resuscitative thoracotomy (PHRT) remain undefined. The aim of this paper is to explore the variation in practice for PHRT in the UK, and review the published literature. METHODS: MEDLINE and PUBMED search engines were used to identify all relevant articles and 22 UK Air Ambulance Services were sent an electronic questionnaire to assess their PHRT practice. RESULTS: Four European publications report PHRT survival rates of 9...
March 21, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Gitanjali Das, Vincent Damotte, Jeffrey M Gelfand, Carolyn Bevan, Bruce A C Cree, Lynn Do, Ari J Green, Stephen L Hauser, Riley Bove
Objective: To evaluate the safety of rituximab treatment before and during pregnancy in women with MS and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) who may be at risk of relapses by performing a systematic literature review combined with a retrospective single-center case series. Methods: Studies were systematically identified in the PubMed, Google Scholar, and EMBASE using the key terms "pregnancy" and "rituximab"; 22 articles were included for review (>17,000 screened)...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
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